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GOP rep: Appoint special counsel in Solyndra loan
House Judiciary chairman calls for appointment of special counsel in Solyndra loan
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is calling for an independent investigator to look into a $528 million loan approved by the Energy Department for a now-bankrupt solar energy company.

Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday that an outside lawyer is needed to probe the loan approved for California-based Solyndra Inc., which declared bankruptcy this month and laid off its 1,100 workers.

The FBI and the Energy Department's inspector general are already investigating the Solyndra loan, which has become a flashpoint in a partisan debate over subsidies for so-called green jobs.

Smith said an outsider is needed to determine "whether politics played a role" in the loan.

A spokeswoman said the Justice Department has received the letter and is reviewing it.

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